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Home Before Night Hardcover – 11 Oct 1979

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services; First Edition edition (11 Oct. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233971386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233971384
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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* 'Entrancing ... the playwright author's gift of language and apparently total recall makes his account of growing up in the thirties and forties absolutely irresistible' Sunday Telegraph * 'He has the simplicity and genius of Dylan Thomas and Brendan Behan ... If you want to look at the South Dublin working class of the thirties and forties, here it is - a childhood that anyone would envy' The Times * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Hugh Leonard (1926-2009) was the author of numerous plays, including 'The Au Pair Man' and 'The Poker Session', the screenplay for the film 'Widow's Peak' and TV adaptations of 'Great Expectations', 'Good Behaviour', 'The Moonstone', 'Nicholas Nickleby', and 'Wuthering Heights'. His novelisation of his 4-part drama 'Parnell and the Englishwoman' (BBC) won the 1992 Sagittarius Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I teach this book to Leaving Certificate Students. This version has a hard cover which is perfect for the everyday wear and tear of the classroom.
This is a series of very thinly veiled autobiographical reminiscences by the author about his childhood, an adopted only child, growing up just outside Dublin in the 1930's. It is both funny and sad. It is also very honest. He is socially awkward, his mother is tactless, proud and publicly embarrassing and his father easy going, conservative and a little tug-o-the-forelock. While we may all be too young to experience life in the exact same way, we can easily empathise with being embarrassed by parents, feeling inadequate at school and the horrific thought as you enter the work force that you will never be as free as you were the day before you started employment.
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By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2007
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Hugh Leonard, an Irish playwright and journalist, was born in Dublin in 1926. He spent fourteen years working for the Irish Civil Service, before he was able to concentrate fully on his writing. Leonard - known in `real' life as John Keyes Byrne - received the Tony Award in 1977 for the play "Da", which was largely based on his own youth and his relationship with his adoptive father. (It was also made into a movie, with Martin Sheen playing the Hugh Leonard role). "Home Before Night" tells part of his life story in prose form.

This is a hugely enjoyable book - it's very easily read, though some might say it's a touch sentimental. Parts are told from Leonard's own perspective ("I choked and retched, and the wind knifed through my wet clothes"), though other parts are written about Jack ("Jack's da was too slow to take Sonny's meaning"). It's a bit strange to begin with, but it doesn't interfere with the story at all. In fact, some of my favourite parts involve Jack and his pet dog - also called Jack ! Definitely recommended, as is its follow-up "Out After Dark".
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Got Ireland in great time the book , is more than entertaining , its witty ,and compulsive you will not put it down!
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